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Medical studies

How do medical studies work in France?

In France, it takes at least 9 years of studies to be allowed to practice medicine and medical studies are available only in French.

There is a "first year common to health studies" (Première Année Commune aux Etudes de Santé: PACES) with competitive exams leading to medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, midwifery and physical therapy. Students usally come to PACES directly after high school. There is neither minimum grades in high school / at the end of high school diploma, nor test prior to admission in PACES, but the competitive exams during this 1rst year will define who is allowed to continue in 2nd year.

At Paris-Sud University, PACES can be done at the Faculty of Science in Orsay or at the Faculty of Pharmacy in Châtenay-Malabry. The Faculty of Medicine takes medical students from the 2nd year on in Le Kremlin-Bicêtre.

2019/2020 academic year is going to be the last year with this system to enter medical studies. An overhauling of the first cycle of health studies is now under preparation. See here how it will work from 2020/2021.

The 1rst cycle in 3 years (including PACES) leads to the Diplôme de Formation Générale en Sciences Médicales (DFGSM) and the 2nd cycle in 3 years to the Diplôme de Formation Approfondie en Sciences Médicales (DFASM). During the 2nd cycle, mornings are dedicated to clinical traineeship (rotation every 3 month).

At the end of the 6th year, students take a "national ranking examination" (Epreuves Classantes Nationales: ECN) to access the 3rd cycle. Students then choose, in the order of their ranking, a specialty and a geographic area for their 3rd cycle, which lasts 3 to 6 years depending on the specialty and leads to a Diplôme d'Etudes Spécialisées (DES) and a Diplôme d'Etat de docteur en médecine (State diploma allowing to practice medicine). Note that general practice is a specialty (3 years).

The second cycle and the modalities of the access to the 3rd cycle (choice of specialty) are going to be reformed as well.

What if I already have started medical studies abroad?

Nationals from the European Union, Andorra, Switzerland, Lichtenchtein, Norway or Iceland who are holding a basic medical formation degree as mentionned in article 24 of the 2005/36/CE directive (the equivalent of the DFASM at the end of the 2nd cycle of medical studies in France) can take the ranking examination (ECN) and access the 3rd cycle of medical studies in France. Beware, registration to the ECN can only be made the year of the validation of the basic medical formation.

The others have to take the first year (PACES) and succeed at the competitive exams to access medical studies. It is then decided which year they can join according to what they have already successfully studied abroad.

We still are not able to tell you how it will work from 2020/2021, after the PACES will be suppressed.

What about the application and admission procedures?

The admission procedure depends on your situation (nationality, country of living, degree you already have or are preparing). Please check out this website. If you don't understand where you fit in, please contact Mrs Hélène KINNEL at international.medecine @ with details about your situation.


Paramedical studies

Paris-Sud Faculty of Medecine contributes to the training of students in nursing, electroradiology manipulation and physical therapy. The main registration of these students are institutes (exterior to the university) that are responsible for the recruitment process.


Master and PhD programs

Our School of Medicine is involved in several Master and PhD programs of Université Paris-Saclay community of universities and institutions.

Application procedures are explained on Université Paris-Saclay website. Click here for Masters programs or here for PhD schools.


Financial aspect

Tuitions fees are from 170€ to 380€ per academic year depending of the year of study. A 90€ contribution to student and campus live also has to be paid each year. Health insurance is free for students (information on registration).

Starting 2019/2020 academic year, tuition fees for new students from outside the European Union, Lichtenchtein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland or Québec have been increased by national law (to 2 770 euros per year for the 1rst cycle, and 3 770 euros for the second and third cycle), but for 2019/2020 Université Paris-Sud has decided to give these students a partial exemption so that their tuition fees remain the same as the ones of national students.

Paramedical students pay tuitions fees in their institute.

Students get a traineeship allowance during the 2nd cycle and a salary during the 3rd cycle of their studies.

Financial supports are possible on merit or socio-economic criteria : see here and  there.